Tanguy family page
Marie Louise Tanguy, nee Coadic, who moved from France to Guernsey with her husband Yves Marie Tanguy and started a family there at the start of the 20th century
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Origins of surname
This is an English surname brought from Normandy at the time of the Conquest, and originating in Brittany. The Breton personal name Tanci was derived from the words tan and ki, for fire dog, presumably indicating a very volatile person.
The first baptism records in our database are the five children of Louis and Anne in St Helier between 1845 and 1854. We suspect that they were immigrants from France, who did not remain in the island long enough for the family to establish.
In the 20th century brothers Cyril, a prominent politician, and Doug, a musician who emigrated to South Africa for some years, were born in the island.
We have not been able to trace their ancestry, nor assemble any meaningful family trees. There were as many as 30 Tanguys in Jersey at any time in the late 19th century. In 1891 there were three Tanguy households in the island, all originating in France. There were 20 Tanguy births registered in various parishes from the 1860s to 1914, but far from all those described in censuses as born in Jersey appear in the registers.
Tanguys from north Brittany also settled in Guernsey during the late 19th century.
William Tanguy (1837- ) (Fr) and his wife Jeanne (1843- ); and children William (1870- ), John (1874- ), Philip (1876- ), Alice (1880- ), Ada (1882- ), Emma (1884- ) and Emily (1888- ). ALl the children are described as born in Trinity, but they do not appear in the parish register.
Philomen (1853- ) (Fr) and children Josephine (1872- ), Joseph (1875- ) and Jane (1878- ), described as born in St Lawrence, but not in the parish register.
Jacques (1838- ) and Ann (1836-) and children Jane (1867- ) and Alexandre (1874- ), all born in France.
Great War service
- Francois Tanguy (1887-1915) (St My), Soldat, French Infantry, 361st Regiment, killed
- Joseph John Tangey (St L) Corporal, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
- Emile Tanguy (St B), Hampshire Regiment
This will created by a member of the Tanguy family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Louis Tanguy, 10 Don Road, St Helier - 2 February 1934, D/Y/A/95
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